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Dear Carol: My mom is 93 years old and she's making mistakes with her check book. She hasn’t been diagnosed with dementia, but she may have it. She’s always been very independent and proud of how she manages money. How do I approach her, and how do I take over without a fight? Dreading the thought    

Dear Dreading: If your mother is showing other signs of dementia, such as poor judgment or forgetting what common items are used for, or if she is having trouble remembering daily tasks, she may indeed have dementia. At her age, however, some memory issues are likely.

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